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Frederick Soddy Schools Award

About the Awards

The Frederick Soddy Schools Award scheme was created in 2018 when the Frederick Soddy Trust became a linked charity of the Society, creating a new set of grants, the Frederick Soddy Awards, to support school and student fieldwork and expeditions. Prior to 2018 the Frederick Soddy Schools Award was promoted for the Frederick Soddy Trust by the Geographical Association. 

Schools often find it difficult to compete successfully for funds from the main grant-giving bodies or to allocate their own resources to field studies. The aim of the Frederick Soddy Schools Awards is to encourage field studies by providing financial support specifically for this work.

These awards are given to teachers leading groups of school pupils. Applications are welcomed from UK and Ireland schools planning fieldwork involving a strong element of human geography. Awards are made of £200 to £600, and cannot support the costs of physical resources. Preference will be given to schools which have not been supported in the previous year’s awards.

Deadline: 3 February 


Apply now

Please read the application guidelines and, using the form provided, submit your application by email to

Application guidelines

Application form

Decisions on applications are normally communicated by mid-March.  


2023 recipients

Barrhead High School - Loch Lomond field trip

Hillhead Primary School - Ardentinny residential trip

Reading Blue Coat School - A Level fieldwork in Carlisle: coasts, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology 

Glade Primary School - Cambridge field trip

Heworth CE Primary - fieldwork study

Foxyards Academy - lower Key Stage 2 geography fieldwork, Carding Mill Valley

Leopold Primary - Year 3 visit, River Thames and complete workshop


2022 recipients

Highgate Wood School - A Level residential fieldtrip to Snowdonia, North Wales

Blenheim High School - Year 12 Watchet Together, Somerset

Victoria Primary School - Ingleborough fieldtrip, Yorkshire Dales

Five Islands Academy - Geography Year 10 fieldwork

Elliott Hudson College - A Level residential fieldwork - Blencathra FSC


2019 recipients

Tarbert Academy - Field trip to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Drybrook Primary School - Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean

Packmoore Ormiston Academy - Field trip to Poole's Cavern, Peak District

Dunalley School - Tom Robert's Adventure Centre, Gloucestershire

St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form College - Field trip to Overstrand, Norfolk

Cape Cornwall School - Field trip to Eden Project

Highgate Wood School - Field trip to Snowdonia

Girlguiding UK - Girlguiding LaSER Thailand Expedition

Invergordon Academy - Nepal Expedition


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